BREAKING: Washington point guard Quade Green is academically ineligible, sources told @Stadium. Green is averaging 11.6 points & 5.3 assists in 15 games for Huskies. Winter quarter ends in mid-March, so source said still slight chance he plays again this season in postseason.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 10, 2020
Jeff Goodman of Stadium was the first to report that Washington Huskies PG Quade Green has been ruled academically ineligible and will be required to sit out the remainder of winter quarter. Green joined UW as a transfer from Kentucky and initially would have been required to sit out until the end of fall quarter due to transfer rules. However, Green received an NCAA waiver allowing him to play for the season opening tip.
Without Green available, Elijah Hardy will be counted upon to take on the starting PG role. Jamal Bey has also played time at point guard but with Green out for the rest of the regular season we may see Coach Hopkins decide to withdraw the redshirt from Marcus Tsohonis who the plan was to sit for the rest of the year.
The ceiling for this Husky team is dramatically lowered without Green available. In recent weeks it appeared that Green had adjusted to playing with the team and had really stepped up his play. Although Green is averaging season long totals of 11.6 points and 5.3 assists he had been averaging 14.7 points on 56% shooting from 3-point range over the past 6 contests.
Green had been the only truly reliable 3-point shooter on the team and the Huskies have to hope that Elijah Hardy can show consistent offense while being an upgrade over Green on the defensive end. With an hour before tip against Stanford this changes the whole outlook to the night and the season. Washington had already put itself in a less than ideal position for making the dance by losing back to back to Houston and UCLA but this could be a death blow.